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Creatures & Comforts in Costa Rica

Destination(s): Costa Rica

Starting, or ending in San Jose, stay at the Hotel Aranjuez and take a morning tour of Cafe Britt's coffee plantation.

The next day, you'll make the four hour trip to the Caribbean, and make Puerto Viejo your launch pad and your crash pad-check into the Lizard King Resort for the next 5 nights.

Explore Cahuita's National Park, horseback ride on Cocles Beach, get covered in papaya at Pure, play with monkeys at the Jaguar Rescue Center, and take home cool handcrafted souvenirs from Luluberlu Gallery. read more about Creatures & Comforts in Costa Rica

Hotel Aranjuez

Hotel Aranjuez

  • Calle 19, Avenidas 11/13
  • tel:+506 256 1825
  • Visit website
  • San Jose
Lizard King Resort

Lizard King Resort


The Lizard King Resort is a cozy bed and breakfast style hotel in Puerto Viejo. A five minute walk from the center of town, "The King" is an incognito retreat just far enough away from the hustle and bustle, an ideal base for exploring the region, and a fine place to hang out rain or shine. Beautifully constructed of precious Costa Rican hardwoods, the two story courtyard design overlooks a cool square pool. The rooms are polished, clean and charming, if somewhat modest in size. Some have cable television and air conditioning, but the basic rooms have ceiling and table fans. Breakfast, included for guests, is generous and delicious. Excellent value. Rates for two from $45. read more about Lizard King Resort

Horseback Riding on Costa Rica's Caribbean with Seahorse Stables

Horseback Riding on Costa Rica's Caribbean with Seahorse Stables


Horseback riding in the Caribbean of Costa Rica is an experience unlike any other. Seahorse Stables is located near Cocles Beach, between the Gandoca Manzanillo National Refuge and the Kekoldi Indian Reservation. They offer several tours on horseback for all level of rider, from an easy 2 hour beach tour to an intense 4 day excursion into Punta Mona, a wild and rugged place at the southernmost tip of Costa Rica. In some tours there is an opportunity to swim side by side with the beautiful Costa Rican horses, called "Criollos" in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Seahorse Stables is owned by an Argentinean who is not only an expert horseman but also an accomplished sailor and big wave rider, whose adventurous attitude is contagious. Beach Tour: $75.00 per person + tax Jungle-Beach Tour $99.00 per person + tax Manzanillo Tour $155.00 per person + tax Punta Mona Gandoca Tour 4 days $250.00 per person + tax/day, accomodations and all meals included read more about Horseback Riding on Costa Rica's Caribbean with Seahorse Stables

LuluBerlu Art Gallery

LuluBerlu Art Gallery

  • 100mts Sur del Cafe Viejo, Calle a La Derecha
  • tel:2750 0394
  • Puerto Viejo

LuluBerlu was created in the year 2000 by a French artist whose mosaic mirrors and chairs  were some of the first items in the gallery. Now, the gallery is also a well-stocked shop with a diverse collection of art, crafts, home decor and clothing, including some handmade garments and Euro inspired designs.
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Pure Jungle Spa

Pure Jungle Spa

Pure Jungle Spa is just reopened in a new location in Cocles, just south of the town of Puerto Viejo. It's the perfect place for solo travelers, but also appropriate for couples. The amazing chocolate facial and body treatments are decadently indulgent, and the menu includes a simple yet tempting list of facials, massages, and body treatments using all natural, tropical, and locally grown ingredients, like virgin coconut oil, organic cacao, sweet papaya, and fresh lemongrass. The experience is relaxing, therapeutic, and a luxurious treat for the senses enhanced by the lush setting.
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